About Me



Nancy Susanna Breen is a poet and freelance writer, editor and poetry judge. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals; her chapbooks include Rites & Observances (Finishing Line Press) and How Time Got Away (Pudding House Publications). She was editor of Poet’s Market for Writer’s Digest Books for the 2002 through 2008 editions; she also edited needlework and craft books as associate editor for Krause Publications and North Light Books. Nancy Breen’s articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Market, and The Craft & Business of Writing and online on such sites as eHow, eHow Home & Garden, and Answerbag. She has served as screening judge or final judge for poetry competitions sponsored by Pennwriters, Writer’s Digest, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and several individual state poetry societies.

Nancy has launched a writing service called Accomplished With Words where she has posted her online writing portfolio and a contact form.

An accomplished crafter and needleworker, Nancy sells her creations through her Etsy shop, NudgeryFaire. She also blogs about crafts and needlework at Come to the NudgeryFaire. She resides in Loveland, Ohio.


11 Responses to About Me

  1. Michael Wimbish says:

    Hi Nancy! I just wanted to say thank you for your helpful artical in the Poet’s Market on contests and competition. I have begin submitting from my first poetry collection and found your afvive extremely valuable.

    Michael Wimbish

    • NancyB says:

      I’m so glad you found the article helpful, Michael. Good luck with your submissions! Don’t get discouraged; keep in mind all the elements a judge has to consider when picking a winner, believe in your work, and keep submitting. Please let me know of your success–maybe you can give ME some tips!

  2. Sandy says:

    When will there be more, pls?

    • NancyB says:

      Hi, Sandy! Sorry, I haven’t been checking back on comments the way I should. Thanks for your input. Yes, definitely share the information.

      By more, do you mean contest advice? I’m supposed to be posting that on Mondays, but it’s turning out to be a Tuesday thing. New one up soon!

  3. Ed Jenkins says:

    Hi Nancy,
    My name is Ed Jenkins.
    I am Thomas K. Jenkins’ younger brother.
    Thank you for your thoughtful article.
    It brought back fond memories of a loving and wonderful person.
    My brother Tom was an avid writer before he died. He wrote a whole collection of poems and short stories that we weren’t able to locate in the time after his death. What a great gift that you have; and how wonderful it is that you share that gift with others.
    Ed Jenkins

    • NancyB says:

      Ed, thank you so much for your comment. I’m both pleased and relieved you like what I wrote about Tom. It’s hard not to feel like an intruder writing about someone else’s loved one. Obviously Tom made a big impression on me that one day I was privileged to know him. I don’t recall him mentioning he wrote; I wish I’d known at the time, and I wish I could have read some of his work. Treasure those memories. Your brother was obviously a fine person.



    • France Sloat says:

      Nancy – I am a writer for Xavier magazine. I read your post about Tom Jenkins and am interested in talking to his brother Ed. I’m researching the murder to see if there is anything in the aftermath that would make a good story for the magazine. Do you know how to contact Ed? Thanks, France Sloat.

  4. Hayley Mason says:

    Hi, Nancy!

    I was just reading about your recent road trip to Chicago and it cracked me up! You are such a funny writer, your family adventures sound so exciting.I am the social media coordinator at Midwest Living magazine and we’re working with Enjoy Illinois on a Facebook contest called, “Magnificent Getaways Giveaway Contest,” which invites people to share recent magnificent Illinois experiences for a chance to win one of three one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Chicago and across Illinois. The Grand Prize alone includes dining (for four) on the Ledge at Skydeck Chicago, Terzo Piano and Lawry’s Prime, plus a stay at the Trump Tower and more! If this is something you’re interested in you can enter one of two ways: http://www.facebook.com/enjoyillinois or on the contest website, http://magnificentgiveaway.com. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at helen.mason@meredith.com.

    Hayley Mason, Social Media Coordinator for Midwest Living magazine, Meredith Corporation

    • NancyB says:

      Hi, Hayley! Thanks so much for reading my blog and sharing your comments. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my accounts of our adventures. And thank you as well for the heads-up about the contest. I’ll definitely be checking that out!!



  5. Sue Ellen Brown says:

    This is a great idea and a good-looking Web site!

    Hooray for you and many, many successes!


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